Best museums in Thailand

Thailand is one of the most popular backpacking destinations in the world and for good reason. It is a truly amazing place that has some of the most exotic islands and beaches in the world.

Thailand also enjoys great weather all year round; the temperatures never dip below 20 degrees even in winter! Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, or a trip down memory lane, or an adventure vacation surrounding long tail boats, Thailand has it all. 

A museum is an institution that cares for a collection of artifacts and other objects of artistic, cultural, historical, or scientific importance and makes them available for public viewing through exhibits that may be permanent or temporary.

According to Museums of the World, there are about 55,000 museums in 202 countries.

Best museums in Thailand.

List of Museums in Thailand To Visit

  • Bang Khun Thien Museum.
  • Bangkok Folk Museum.
  • Bangkok Noi Museum.
  • Bank of Thailand Museum.
  • Children’s Discovery Museum.
  • Museum of Counterfeit Goods.
  • Golden Jubilee Museum of Agriculture.
  • King Prajadhipok Museum.

This is a list of notable museums, exhibitions, and galleries in Bangkok.

Want to re-live the past and connect it to your present to make your future more productive and exciting.

Take a look at these interesting museums in Thailand that you must add to your itinerary when holidaying in this tropical paradise. 
Museums, in this article, include art, history, and specialty museums, science centers, zoos, aquariums, botanic gardens, arboretums, nature centers, historic sites, and similar institutions.

Reasons to visit museums

  1. Museums make you feel good
  2. Museums provide an effective way of learning
  3. Museums are community centers
  4. Museums inspire

This is a list of museums with name, location, and type in Thailand.

Jim Thompson House Museum

A New York architect who lived in Thailand and served as a soldier in the World War II was instrumental in establishing the silk industry in Thai.

Jim Thompson’s beautiful traditional Thailand home was renovated and turned into a museum to pay homage to the man who was given the royal Order of White Elephant.

This Thailand art museum houses a priceless and rare collection of Asian art silk.
Another interesting art museum Bangkok that you can visit is the 100 Tonson Gallery that isn’t too far from the Thompson museum.

Location: 1 Wang Mai, Pathum Wan, Bangkok, Thailand

Timings: daily: 9 am – 6 pm

Entry Fee: up to $ 3.07

Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall

Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall is the centerpiece of Bangkok’s own Champs Elysees. It’s an impressive 2-story white marble palace that sits at the end of Dusit’s long and wide Royal Plaza, a leafy ceremonial boulevard that’s often the focus of regal pomp and ceremony during royal celebrations.

Inside Ananta Samakhom is a stunningly beautiful central dome, under which the Royal Throne sits. Lining it and each of the 6 other domes’ walls are frescoes depicting Chakri Dynasty monarchs (painted by Galileo Chini). 

Location: Dusit District

Type: Historic building

Timings: Tuesday – Sunday from 10 am to 3.30 pm (closed on Mondays)

Baan Sinlapin

Baan Silapin (and its neighborhood) dates back to the 1800s. A boardwalk leading to the gallery is lined with shops, cafes, local restaurants, and a temple. You can also spot many unusual and human-sized statues painted in white, red and black sitting by the water.

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Shows take place on a small wooden stage every day at 2 pm, except Wednesdays. It’s a good idea to call in advance as the theatre sometimes performs in other parts of the city, usually during special events.

Location Phasi Charoen District

Type Art Theater

Time 10 am to 6 pm

Bangkok Doll Museum

In a small alley at Din Daeng area, in the center of Bangkok, lies a humble, unique museum –  Bangkok Doll Museum, which was established at 1956, by Mrs. Tongkorn Chandavimol, a renowned doll maker who has learned and trained in the art of puppet making in Japan.

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The Bangkok Dolls Museum is one big dollhouse full of antique collector dolls made by a master doll maker who has refined the art of doll making for the preservation of the culture and tradition.

The museum has a collection of more than 400 Thai handmade dolls with spectacular outfits and colorful dresses, in which every pattern and detail is taken into consideration. The museum is known worldwide and even won several international awards in various displays across the globe.

This is the entry gate of Museum

The quality of the dolls in the Bangkok Dolls Museum is well known to doll collectors and connoisseurs the world over. Accolades for Khunying Thongkorn and her Bangkok dolls include 

Location Ratchathewi District

Type Toy 

Time 08:00 am – 05:00 pm

Bangkok Art and Culture Centre

Bangkok Art and Culture Centre is home for the contemporary art of Thailand and international artists. The masterpieces of creativity are collected and offered to all people here.

The architecture of the building itself is standing out. There are 10 floors in the building and the pathway designed in a circle shape so you can walk up easily. The art and culture center is located in the middle of the city, opposite to MBK Center Shopping Mall and next to BTS a SKY National Stadium station making it very convenient for you to have an opportunity to visit art galleries in Bangkok.

Location Pathum Wan District

Type Art

Time Sunday from 10 am to 7:30 pm, but closed every Monday.

Bangkok Folk Museum Bangrak Museum

Bangkok Folk Museum or Bangkokian Museum is a museum in BangkokThailand. It is at house number 273 on Soi Charoen Krung 43, near the Sri Rat Expressway several hundred metres from the left bank of the Chao Phraya River and the intersection of Soi Charoen Krung 43 and Maha Set Road.

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The museum consists of two main two-storey buildings and a garden. In the upstairs room of the first, are the family quarters. Here are displays of many of the possessions of original family members. 

Location Bang Rak District

Type History

Time from Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

The National Museum Bangkok

Thailand national museum is one of the most interesting museums that is home to the rich art, history, and culture of Thailand.
Located within the former Wang Na Palace, this museum boasts of a rare ethnological collection of shadow puppets, Khon masks, classical dance costumes, and traditional musical instruments from the past.

The museum is spread across 6 different buildings and is home to sculptures and rare busts from the Sukhothai and Ayutthaya periods in Thai history. 

Location: 4 Na Phra That Alley, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok

Timings: daily 9 am – 4 pm

Entry fee: $ 5.75

Chiang Mai National

A number of ancient relics of this kingdom at the Chiang Mai National museum, which may be small in size, but is rich in its collection of Lanna style artifacts, ceramics, art, and handicrafts.
This is one of the best museums in Thailand that gives visitors an insight of the economic and educational development of this erstwhile royal city.

Location: 5, Jalan Perdana, Tasik Perdana, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Thailand

Timings: daily 9 am – 4 pm

Entry fee: $0.92

Thai-Burma Railway Centre Museum

This one of the best museums in Thailand, located just beside the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery. It showcases a unique exhibition about the glorious history of Thailand – Burma railway, a 145 km train track that ran between Bang Pong and Thanbyuzayat during the World War II period.

It was built during the invasion of the Imperial Japanese Army, by the prisoners of the war.

There are a number of photographs that show the planning and construction of the railway as well as the living conditions of the prisoners in the camps, summary of deaths, medical aspects, operation of the railway, and also the bombing and the end of the railway.

Location: 73 Jaokannun Road, BanNua, Amphoe Muang, Kanchanaburi 71000, Thailand.

Timings: daily 9 am – 5 pm

Entry fee: $ 3.45 and $ 1.70 for children 7 – 12

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